[News] UN Official, Michael Lynk, Decries ‘War Crimes’ in Occupied Palestine

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Official, Michael Lynk, Decries ‘War Crimes’ in Occupied Palestine
July 10, 2021
Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the
Palestinian occupied territories. (Photo: via MEMO)

Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a UN
official said today, calling on countries to make clear to Israel that its
“illegal occupation” cannot be cost-free, Reuters reported.

Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied
Palestinian territories, was addressing a session of the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva, boycotted by Israel which does not recognize his mandate
or cooperate with him.

Reports are coming in that @UN_HRC
<https://twitter.com/UN_HRC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>, Michael Lynk, @UN
<https://twitter.com/UN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> special rapporteur, formally
reported this morning that “Israeli settlements do amount to a war
crime…and (Israel’s) illegal occupation, can & will no longer be cost
free.” pic.twitter.com/zHFbWbuy0G <https://t.co/zHFbWbuy0G>

— Palestine Deep Dive (@PDeepdive) July 9, 2021

“I conclude that the Israeli settlements do amount to a war crime,” Lynk

“I submit to you that this finding compels the international community…to
make it clear to Israel that its illegal occupation, and its defiance of
international law and international opinion, can and will no longer be

Calling things by their name! UN Human Rights Council Rapporteur on
Palestine, Michael Lynk, clearly seeks int'l accountability for
Israeli settlements amount to war crime – U.N. rights expert

— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) July 9, 2021

Lynk has previously called out Israel’s use of collective punishment, which
he said can be “most strikingly seen” in its ongoing 15-year closure of
Gaza, “which now suffers from a completely collapsed economy, devastated
infrastructure and a barely functioning social service system.”

He also emphasized Israel’s reliance on collective punishment as a
“prominent instrument in its coercive toolbox of population control”,
criticizing Israel’s continued policy to punitively demolish Palestinian
homes, which he states “contribute to an atmosphere of hate and vengeance.”

*(MEMO, PC, Social Media)*

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